Technical Rescue Diver
With the recent explosive growth in popularity of technical diving, divers with a greater variety of backgrounds and experience levels are entering the sport. Technical diving is no longer the preserve of the seasoned open circuit diver.
In addition, in search of the elusive wreck or undiscovered cave, technical divers are venturing farther and farther afield. These dive sites are often many hours away from emergency first aid and decompression facilities.
Both these factors increase the overall risk to the technical diving community creating the need for a new level of rescue diver training.
The technical rescue diver is trained to operate in a highly stressed rescue environment. Water skills are honed to perfection. they have the knowledge and skill to extinguish sparks that set off error chains before they become a problem. They are a valued for her ability to cultivate a culture of safety.
The course goals are described as
- Upgrade technical diver rescue skills to a level required by the higher risks and greater complexity of technical diving
- Teach technical divers how to comprehensive diver and dive site risk assessments
- Provide technical divers with advanced emergency procedures necessitated by diving in remote locations
Before attending the course students are required to have a medical screening by a licensed physician, you will need to present the course director a signed medical clearance form before any training.
Certified as a Tec 45 diver or qualifying certification from another training organization. For the purposes of this level, a qualifying technical certification is one that qualifies the student to make decompression dives to 45 metres using air, EANx and oxygen using open circuit scuba equipment.
18 years old, 100 logged dives (20 deeper than 18 metres using EANx, at least 15 deeper than 30 metres (with or without EANx).
You will need the following
1. Technical Rescue Diver Handout (provided)
2. PADI Rescue Diver Manual
3. The Tec Deep Diver Manual
Library copies of items 2 and 3 are available
The course cost is 25,000 PHP and includes course materials, dives and certification. You may use our equipment for no additional cost, however at this level use of your own gear is highly recommended.
We have a limited number of twin bed fan dormitory rooms for 2500 PHP per person, per week. These come with a kitchenette and bathroom, simple backpacker style.
If you prefer something else we work with a number of local resorts and hotels, or you might like to check services like, AirBNB we can help with local information if needed.
A typical hotel room starts from 1500 per night and up, the average would be around 2000 PHP. A typical self service monthly rental room or studio from 10,000 PHP and up, the average around 15000 PHP per month.
See here for more information on accommodation.
Contact the Course Director as early as possible, we can only accept a limited number of students on to each program, it is wise to book your preferred date in advance.
Please provide as much of the following information as possible when you book.
Total number of dives you have done
Number of dives you have done on Nitrox
Number of decompression dives you have done
How long you have been diving
Any significant gaps in your diving
What equipment you will need